This pages provides a list of people and places that are available to help you manage, prepare and run your case.
Representing yourself in court can be a difficult process for a person without a legal background. Some people find it to be stressful, costly and require a lot of their time. If you lose your case, you may have to pay the other parties legal costs. You may wish to consider seeking legal advice and dispute resolution options before your dispute progresses to trial. The following resources are available to help you.
Your first contact with the Court will be with the Court Registry. The Court Registry is where all documents relating to a case in the Court are filed. If you have a procedural question about your case, you can contact Registry staff who can:
Court staff cannot:
Self-represented Litigant Case Managers support self-represented litigants.
The case managers are located in the Court Registry. They can provide practical assistance to self-represented litigants to help them understand court procedures. Case managers can also link litigants to legal and other support services however they do not provide legal advice.
It may benefit you to try and resolve your dispute before coming to court. The following organisations can assist with legal advice and dispute resolution.
Information about documents that have been filed, orders that have been made or upcoming hearing dates in your proceeding can be found on Court Connect.
Court Connect is a free online information search facility. Information in Court Connect comes from the Court’s case management system. You can use Court Connect to verify whether your documents have been filed by the court.
Court Network offers personal support, information and referral to people going to court. The service is provided by highly trained volunteer Networkers working in the courts. The Networkers are managed by 14 professional Program Managers.
Court Network provides a specialist Intervention Order Program for victims of domestic violence. A specialist service is also available to victims of sexual assault and their families. This includes:
Court Network also operates a state-wide court telephone service between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. This service can assist with referrals to legal services and community resources; organising interpreters, child care and disability access; and information about court procedure.
The Court Network office is located on the ground floor to the right of the Registry entrance. Telephone: 03 8636 6470.
In addition to Melbourne, Court Network also operates at the following County Court circuit courts: Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Morwell.
You may use an interpreter to assist in a court hearing to understand what is being said. The interpreter needs to be arranged by the party who requires assistance. It is a good idea to ensure that the interpreting service is accredited and/or has experience in court hearings.
The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) is the national association for the translating and interpreting profession and you can access an interpreter through their website.
Law Library of Victoria
Public Law Library
The Victorian Law Handbook
Self-represented litigants can contact the County Court Registry on:
The information on this page relates to proceedings in the Commercial or Common Law Divisions. If your matter is in the Criminal Division, visit our Criminal Division page.
For an explanation of common legal terms and phrases, please see our glossary.